Being a teacher means I spend a lot of time with 11- and 12-year-olds. This population of people tires me, but in that good way, keeping me on my toes. Bursting with ideas and funny lines, thankfully, they haven't figured out how to camouflage their true selves yet.
I take inspiration from that model. I love teaching, but it's not my life. Exploring, creativity, and traveling are also important. Kicking back works, too. Currently, I'm working on a third draft of a novel. I won't let it consume me, but it's a good challenge, and I'm always up for those.
There's no set recipe for what I want--only that qualities such as openness, curiosity, compassion, and humor are vital traits. I'm partial to strong hands and creative minds; I admire men who take risks but don't only live in the moment, who see themselves as contributing positively to society in some way. Emotional security matters, too, of course.